[AI] Aid for visually-challenged Nalgonda-based IIT topper
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Sun Jun 8 05:51:42 EDT 2008
The Hindu: Front Page:
Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, Jun 08, 2008
Aid for visually-challenged Nalgonda-based IIT topper
Rapolu Ratan Kumar
HYDERABAD: The travails of an IIT topper ended on Saturday when the State
government offered to meet the entire expenditure for his professional
education and released Rs. 40,000 towards tuition fee, to begin with.
Rapolu Ratan Kumar (17) is a visually-challenged student from Miryalaguda
in Nalgonda district belonging to a backward community. He secured the
first rank in IIT-JEE 2008 in the physically-challenged category and plans
to opt for IIT Mumbai.
A cheque for Rs. 40,000 was handed over to Ratan by Minister for Disabled
Welfare N. Rajyalakshmi in the presence of his parents and officials, at a
press conference in the Secretariat on Saturday. The government has
extended assistance on learning about Ratan’s plight from reports in the
Ratan bagged 116th rank in EAMCET and scored 935 out of 1,000 marks in
Intermediate and 561 out of 600 in SSC (Miryalaguda).
Ratan said he suffered from poor vision (50 per cent), a disability which
did not allow him to read books beyond seven hours a day.
Yet, he worked for more than 10 hours a day and completed SSC in Telugu
medium. The department’s munificent gesture had come like a bolt from the
blue, he said.
The Minister said the parental upper income limit for reimbursing tuition
fee in case of disabled students had been raised from Rs. 12,000 to Rs one
lakh per annum. She said free coaching would be offered to disabled
students appearing for Group I & II services and other competitive exams.
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